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Visitor Information -- The Tourism Information Bureau (tel. 044/382-5510; www.visitknysna.com; Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8:30am-1pm; hours are extended Dec-Jan) is at 40 Main St. In the same building is the booking service, Knysna Reservations (tel. 044/382-6960; bookings@knysna-info.co.za), which will help you make accommodations and other bookings. You can also visit the independent Central Reservations (tel. 044/382-5878 or 082/558-1661; daily 9am-6pm) for advice and bookings.

Getting There & Around -- The closest airports are at George and Plettenberg Bay; both are about an hour's drive away. Contact Budget (tel. 044/876-9204) or Economic Car Hire (tel. 082/800-4258). For a fun way to get around (not to mention avoid Knysna's seasonal traffic congestion), rent a mountain bike. For a taxi, call Benwill Shuttle (tel. 083/728-5181).

Special Events -- Knysna gets very busy during the annual Knysna Loerie Festival, a gay pride event held for a few days every May, even more so during the Knysna Oyster Festival held every July. Gastronomica, a culinary festival, is a hot new addition to the calendar, held annually in September. For information, contact the Tourism Bureau.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.